TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – BMO Financial Group today announced that it is one of 52 firms recognized in the 2017 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index. The index provides investors and organizations with standardized aggregate data across company gender statistics, employee policies, gender-conscious product offerings and external community support and engagement.
Those included in this year’s index scored at or above 60 points, a global threshold established by Bloomberg to reflect disclosure and the achievement or adoption of best-in-class statistics and policies.
“BMO is dedicated to creating a workplace that is equitable and inclusive. We made a commitment to achieving 40 per cent representation of women in the top one per cent of our senior leadership roles in the organization, a goal we realized in 2016,” said Sonya Kunkel, Chief Inclusion Officer and Vice President People Strategies and Insight.
“Through continued focus on practices and programs that identify and break down barriers to inclusion and fairness, we hope to sustain our progress and inspire confidence that BMO is an organization where everyone can succeed, and opportunities are available to all,” she said.
Highlights of some of the key initiatives include:
– Driving social change by investing in gender-diverse companies — BMO
was the first Canadian bank to launch an impact-investing mutual fund
focused on gender diversity – the BMO Women in Leadership Fund, which
launched in April 2016, provides investors with exposure to a portfolio
of North American companies with gender-diverse leadership.
– A diverse Board helps us make better decisions — BMO’s Board of
Directors believes that a board made up of highly qualified directors
helps us make better decisions. Thus BMO’s Board Diversity Policy
includes the goal that each gender comprise at least one-third of the
independent directors – currently, 36.4 per cent of BMO’s independent
board members are women.
– Investing in Women — BMOforWomen is an initiative focused on serving
the unique needs of female clients in recognition of the fact that women
are an increasingly powerful economic force. BMO is making a conscious
effort to invest in women by supporting causes important to them,
developing tools and resources to help them succeed, understanding their
unique needs and adjusting how they work to help women realize their
– Accelerating the advancement of diverse talent — BMO has implemented a
formal enterprise sponsorship program where senior leaders in the bank
are nominated and paired with diverse talent who have the potential for
more senior roles. Sponsors advocate for their protege’s advancement,
identify stretch opportunities, facilitate key business introductions,
and become actively involved in their protege’s career – transcending
the traditional role of a mentor.
– Fostering an inclusive workplace through education — In 2016, BMO
launched “Learn from Difference”, a multi-year, e-learning initiative to
build inclusive leadership capability among BMO’s people-manager
population. “Learn from Difference”, which is available to all
employees, is focused on acknowledging and accepting that we all have
biases and encouraging employees to speak up and take action to minimize
the impact of those biases when they are most likely to occur.
About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $688 billion as of October 31, 2016, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
Source: BMO Financial Group via Marketwired